NOTE TO SELF: Be sure to tell Choo-choo everything you think he already knows before the issue comes up.
A little backstory:
Choo-choo, Diesel, and I were at Grammy and Papa’s (Diesel’s parents) for Thanksgiving. Choo-choo was hungry but had no appetite for any of the scrumptious dishes lovingly made by our family. Instead, he chose a sweet, crunchy apple. I had no problem with this since he hadn’t really eaten any of the food I put on his plate and needed nourishment somehow.
He wanted the apple whole, with only the peel removed. Now, I need to tell you that he has never eaten an apple this way. I always cut the core off and slice the apples for him. I figured it was okay, though. I mean, all he had to do was eat the apple from around the core. No worries.
I kept an eye on Choo-choo as he stood in the living room eating his snack. After a while, I noticed he didn’t seem to be eating anymore. I watched more carefully and saw that he no longer had his apple.
I walked over to Choo-choo and looked around for a discarded apple core. “Where’s the rest of it, buddy?” I asked.
He looked up at me with a smile. “I ate it.”
“No, no. The core, Choo. Where is the apple core?” I even showed him a whole apple as an example.
“I ate it!”
Yeah. He ate the apple core. We searched and searched. It was nowhere to be found. He definitely ate it. As Grammy explained, it was definitely some extra fiber in his diet. But still. He ate the apple core.
So then I had to explain why we don’t eat the core and for him to tell me or Daddy when he gets to that part so we can throw it away. We told him over and over after the fact that we don’t eat apple cores, simply because we assumed he already knew. It reminds me of that movie “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” One of the parents’ children told them after he ate the flowers that no one ever told him not to.
So I guess Choo-choo’s new phrase would have been totally appropriate this time!